‘Wreck-It Ralph’ gets high score

Photo provided by Disney -- Ralph, voiced by John C. Reilly, left, and Vanellope Von Schweetz, voiced by Sarah Silverman, share a scene in Wreck-It Ralph.
Photo provided by Disney -- Ralph, voiced by John C. Reilly, left, and Vanellope Von Schweetz, voiced by Sarah Silverman, share a scene in Wreck-It Ralph.

Reviewer’s Rating: ★★★1/2

Mary Hutton

Special to theadvocate.com

“Wreck-It Ralph” is one of the best family movies produced in quite a while. It brings a new light to the popular world of video games and develops a brilliant and endearing story about a villain’s journey to heroism.

Wreck-It Ralph, voiced by John C. Reilly, is the bad guy in the classic video game “Fix-It Felix Jr.” All he wants is to live the life of his co-worker, Felix. His dreams include living in the penthouse, receiving baked goods, and most importantly, he just wants people to like him. In the arcade world, heroes are known by their medals, so Ralph sets out on his journey to earn a medal and return to his game as a hero.

Ralph makes his way to “Hero’s Duty,” a likely place to receive a heroic medal. However, being a from a classic arcade game, he has no idea what he’s in for. “Hero’s Duty” is a modern first-person shooter game with large mechanical bugs attacking the players. Sgt. Calhoun (Jane Lynch) leads the “Hero’s Duty” pack with her hard-hitting and tough attitude, saying that “‘Fear’ is a four-letter word, ladies!”

After an unusual method of obtaining a medal from “Hero’s Duty,” Ralph finds himself in a candy-coated racing game called “Sugar Rush,” where he meets Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman), a “glitch” who isn’t allowed to race but has always dreamed of it. Through their unlikely friendship, Ralph finds out what it really means to be a hero.

“Wreck-It Ralph” is an outstanding movie from start to finish. Even the short before the actual movie was well-made and put the audience in a good mood. The producers did a great job of developing new characters, while still including older characters like Pac-Man and Bowser.

Although these classic characters only had small appearances in the film, they create a sense of nostalgia for the adults. The only disappointment was the absence of Sonic, who not only appears, but seems to be featured, on many posters for the movie.

The style and variety of humor in this film is remarkable. Not only will kids laugh at the obvious and silly jokes, but adults will enjoy the witty remarks and clever characters throughout the video game worlds. Policemen are represented as donuts and the surge protector that all the games are plugged into is called “Game Central Station” and mirrors Grand Central Station.

“Wreck-It Ralph” will definitely be one of the more popular films this year. Although there are many references that only gamers will understand, the audience doesn’t have to be a fan of video games to love this movie.